Why Michael Jordan is the G.O.A.T
When it comes to basketball one name reigns supreme in all G.O.A.T conversations, Michael Jordan. Other members of basketball elite have all collected a multitude of hardware and accolades to be considered such as Lebron James, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and others. One could argue Kareem was better because he had more career points, and one more MVP. One could argue Magic was better because he had more finals appearances, one could argue Lebron or Kobe is better due to their effect on the modern NBA. But when it comes down to it, when you look at his Career and his entire body of work, it is almost incomparable.
Once Michael joined the league he had instant affect on his team and quickly established himself as one of the top players in the league as a rookie. He was a walking bucket averaging 28 as a rookie as well as winning rookie of the year, all-rookie honors, 2nd team all-NBA honors, IBM award, All-star, Sporting news rookie of the year, Olympic gold medal, and USA Basketball male athlete of the year.
Bomani Jones a sports journalist at ESPN had this to say on the topic of goat, “10 years ago Lebron was the best player I have ever seen… then all you got to do is go on YouTube look up Michael Jordan highlights and the argument is over… for basketball, Michael Jordan is Babe Ruth.” If you ever seen one of his highlights he just makes each play seem so effortless and if you are Magic Johnson, “He just makes you wish for just one day you could fly in the air.” Unlike other players who may impress you with speed or physicality, MJ’s skill will leave you in awe.
In the words of Stephen A. Smith Michael Jeffrey Jordan is “Box office.” According to Michael Wilbon, “Whatever you paid to see Michael wasn’t enough you knew you would get the greatest concert of your life.” Throughout his career he was a stone-cold killer and “knew you couldn’t stop him” (Ray Allen). As someone who played during the renaissance of the NBA with the likes of Bird and Magic you would think someone of his stature would be able to compete at his level, but instead they were defeated and left in awe by what he was able to do to their teams whether it was scoring 61 in the playoffs (a record that stands today) or beating the showtime Lakers at The Forum in 5.
Michael had finished his career with 5 MVPs, 6 finals MVPs, 6 rings, and undefeated in the finals. He had competed during the renaissance of the MVP against some of the greatest to play and had surpassed them all in terms of awards, championship, and legacy. When comparing him to players from other eras who may be physical specimens like Lebron or Kareem it all comes down to opinion, but his effortless skill and flight to the basket are like no other and will have you wish you could be “like Mike”.